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"We don't receive a lot of career
training in U.S. schools, and
learning how to prepare a
resume, conduct myself in
an interview, what an
interviewer is thinking and
expecting-that was gold."
-Darnell Brown

Adapting these materials for classroom use was critical, adds Per
Scholas' Cashen. While the online
training has made learning more
accessible, it's not always an option
for those most in need.
"It's so key to have the
person-to-person touch in our
model, especially considering the
communities we work in," Cashen
says. "Many folks haven't been in a

work setting before and they need
to understand the expectations
that are there."
To teach the course, Per Scholas
drew on the experience of Lynn
Beirl, a training specialist from
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is an IT talent incubator that has
partnered with Per Scholas since
Thrive's inception. Beirl began her
own career as a mainframe spe-

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cialist and facilitated the classroom
sessions during the pilot.
"It was a really intensive pro$ÄQXÃ"É$Ã%Ä1%QÃW&(ÉÃ)ÉÉ%Qî(ÉÃ
days a week. In the fourth week,
IBM's Paul Newton-co-author of
'z/OS*: An Introduction,'-taught
remotely via Webex in the morning,
and then we would practice exercises in the afternoon."
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from volunteer teaching assistants
like Don Geiss, who has extensive
experience working in IBM mainframe environments.
One of the challenges, Beirl explains, was that all six students had
different levels of experience when
they began the course. To try and
ensure everyone was learning at an
appropriate pace, she divided the
class into three sets of pairs, mixing those with more pre-existing
knowledge with those less familiar
with certain concepts.
Based on feedback from Brown
and his peers, the evidence shows
that the pilot was a success. A full
evaluation involving stakeholder
feedback is still underway, but as
Brown says, all of the participants
have been offered jobs in the
mainframe world as a direct result
of the initiative.
The hope is, however, that the
course will be repeated with a larger cohort soon. And there may be
other minor changes as well.
"Five weeks was a little short,"
says Per Scholas' Cashen. "I would
move to six weeks if we did it again,
but that's what pilots are for."

Soft Skills Emphasis
Per Scholas' success rate for
students who go on to work in
IT is notably high, and it's not
just due to the quality of technical training. The organization
emphasizes soft skills, such as
understanding the workplace
environment, team building and
how to draw up a resume. One
day a week of the mainframe boot
camp was dedicated to this kind
of career development, but the


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Table of Contents
Editor's Desk: Room for imporovement
Currents: The big redesign unveil
Currents: ExxonMobil and IBM improce the mobile app user experience
Currents: 8 emerging storage trends of 2018
Currents: Solutions
Currents: Remembering Dr. John Ehrman: The father of IBM High Level Assembler
Partner POV: DevOps requires quality, velocity and efficiency to transform software delivery life cycles
Cover Story: Enabling opportunity: Get the most out of IBM Z with Secure Service Containers and a consumption-based pricing model
Feature 1: Skilling up: How Russell Tobin, Per Scholas and IBM brought new talent into the mainframe workforce
TECH Showcase: How to reap the full benefits of virtual tape storage, properly measure its performance and choose the right strategy for your business
Techbits: Banco do Brasil improves processes after migrating to the IBM Db2 Utilities Suite for z/OS
Techbits: Multifactor authentication is a user-friendly upgrade to password-only systems
Beyond the Box: The mainframe Playground Education Initiative opens the mainframe to the next generation
Reference Point - Global Events, Education, Resources for Power Systems
2018 Mainframe Solutions Edition Product Index
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2018 - Intro
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2018 - Cover1
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2018 - Cover2
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2018 - 1
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2018 - 2
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2018 - 3
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2018 - Table of Contents
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2018 - 5
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2018 - Editor's Desk: Room for imporovement
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2018 - 7
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2018 - Currents: The big redesign unveil
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2018 - Currents: ExxonMobil and IBM improce the mobile app user experience
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2018 - Beyond the Box: The mainframe Playground Education Initiative opens the mainframe to the next generation
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2018 - 11
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2018 - Currents: Solutions
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2018 - Currents: Remembering Dr. John Ehrman: The father of IBM High Level Assembler
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2018 - Partner POV: DevOps requires quality, velocity and efficiency to transform software delivery life cycles
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2018 - 15
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2018 - Cover Story: Enabling opportunity: Get the most out of IBM Z with Secure Service Containers and a consumption-based pricing model
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2018 - 17
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2018 - 18
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2018 - 19
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2018 - 20
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2018 - 21
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2018 - Feature 1: Skilling up: How Russell Tobin, Per Scholas and IBM brought new talent into the mainframe workforce
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2018 - 23
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2018 - 24
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2018 - 25
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2018 - 26
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2018 - 27
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2018 - 28
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2018 - TECH Showcase: How to reap the full benefits of virtual tape storage, properly measure its performance and choose the right strategy for your business
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2018 - 30
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2018 - 31
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2018 - 32
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2018 - 33
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2018 - 34
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2018 - 35
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2018 - Techbits: Banco do Brasil improves processes after migrating to the IBM Db2 Utilities Suite for z/OS
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2018 - 37
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2018 - Techbits: Multifactor authentication is a user-friendly upgrade to password-only systems
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2018 - 39
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2018 - 40
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2018 - Cover3
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2018 - Cover4
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2018 - Reference Point - Global Events, Education, Resources for Power Systems
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2018 - 2018 Mainframe Solutions Edition Product Index
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2018 - SE2
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2018 - SE3
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